By Claire Gendel
NBC has renewed five of its current drama series for the 2015-2016 season, the network announced on Thursday.
The Blacklist (season 3), Chicago Fire (season 4), Chicago P.D. (season 3), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 17) and Grimm (season 5) will all be returning with new season.
“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”
The Blacklist, starring James Spader, moves to its new night and time, after a huge boost from the Super Bowl, Thursdays at 9 p.m. According to the press release, the drama series is averaging a 5.1 ratings 17.4 million viewers so far this season.
Chicago Fire is delivering a 2.8 rating and 10.1 million viewers overall this season, making it NBC’s #2 drama in both measures. Dick Wolf’s other show, Chicago P.D., is earning a 2.3 rating 9.4 million viewers this season and has finished #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period with five of its last six original broadcasts through Feb. 2.
Wolf’s third show, SVU, is averaging a 2.5 rating with 9.5 million viewers and is up 10% this season versus last.
Grimm has averaged a 2.1 rating with 7.2 million viewers overall this season making it Friday’s #1 scripted series in 18-49 on the Big 4 networks
None of these renewals are surprising. The only thing we don’t know, is the status of Constantine and Katherine Heigl’s State of Affairs. As far as comedies go, Marry Me, The Mysteries of Laura and About a Boy are all on the bubble.